Sheri Givens is President of Givens Consulting LLC, an Austin, Texas-based energy consulting firm providing research, analysis, and advice relating to general consumer utility issues, consumer engagement, emerging energy technologies, and electricity markets nationwide. Her professional experience includes nearly fifteen years in legal, regulatory, legislative, and external affairs, including ten years focused on Texas’ restructured electric industry. In addition to her role with Givens Consulting, she serves as Senior Vice President of Gee Strategies Group LLC, a Washington D.C.-based consultancy organization that advises both domestic and international clients on energy investments; provides expert witness testimony before courts, administrative proceedings, and legislative hearings; and advises regularly on U.S.-China clean energy matters for governments and commercial participants.
From 2009 to 2013, Ms. Givens was twice appointed by the Texas Governor, and confirmed by the Texas Senate, to lead the Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel, the state’s consumer advocacy agency for residential and small business utility customers representing the state's 20 million-plus consumers. She managed the office’s intervention and participation in both contested and non-contested matters relating to electric and communications utilities before the Public Utility Commission of Texas, state and federal regulatory agencies, and state and district courts. She also testified frequently before the Texas Legislature on consumer, energy, and agency issues. She remains a frequent speaker on consumer education and outreach at energy conferences nationwide.
Ms. Givens was known for directing her state agency in active consumer education initiatives statewide through in-person outreach, publications, and social media during her tenure. In 2014, she received the Citation for Exceptional Service in Support of National Defense from the Association of the United States Army for founding her prior agency’s military outreach program. She was also named the 2010 Emerging Public Administration Professional of the Year by the American Society for Public Administration, CenTex Chapter.
For four years, Ms. Givens served as a Director on the Boards of both the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state’s independent system operator, and the Texas Reliability Entity Inc., the state’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-approved Regional Entity for the ERCOT region. At ERCOT, she was a member of both the Human Resources and Governance as well as the Nominating Committees. She was elected, by fellow nationwide advocates, to the Executive Committee of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA). And, she was a member of New Mexico State University’s Center for Public Utilities’ Advisory Council and the Electric Policy and Research Institute’s Energy Efficiency/Grid Advisory Group.
During her fifteen years of public service, her positions have included senior advising attorney at the Public Utility Commission of Texas, assistant general counsel at the Texas Workforce Commission, and various roles in the Texas Legislature. Ms. Givens received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in government from the University of Texas and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center.